• Dean Cherry

Everything you need to know about 8 Travel Trends for 2021 / 2022

Updated: Jun 2

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The travel and tourism industry grows 3.5% marking the ninth year of sizeable growth in Like nothing any industry had ever seen, 2020 was destined to be shared catastrophes.

What may the recovery look like?

What's Changing and what's Likely to Stay the Same

Here are eight trends driving the future of the travel space.

1. An Emphasis On Local Destinations

Ron Yariv, a hospitality consultant, predicts that “local tourism will continue to be important more than ever in 2022”

Statistics from 2020 support his prediction.

Last year, 72% of Americans didn't take a vacation, but 31% did take a staycation

Airbnb Trends
Airbnb Trends

Airbnb expects these trends to stay strong.

One statistic to come out of this survey is that nearly half of travelers are looking to take a holiday within driving distance of their homes.

As seen with things like Airbnb bookings- within 300 miles of the traveler’s home jumped to 60% of all bookings in May 2020, compared to just 40% of bookings made earlier.

Expert Opinion: "Domestic tourism will boom in 2022.

There Reason?

· Travel may be a hassle because of coronavirus testing and restrictions.

· Other factors may affect this trend.

· Local Tourism Picks Up as a Hit with Millennials

· One-quarter of millennials say they want shorter, closer vacations because they don’t want to spend more money.

· The industry saw a shortage as pandemic winds down and there's a sense of normalcy to the situation.

· Skift Megatrends 2025 says that leisure travel will be close to record levels by 2025.

2. Consumers Demand Increased COVID-19 Safety And Cleanliness

Concerns about pandemics are expected to continue through 2021. Here are some important logistics for early 2022

Overall, the top two causes of traveler’s anxiety are getting exposed to other travelers and boarding a flight. There are even some airlines that allow self-boarding, or configuring your boarding pass online.

Here are a few ways in which different airlines have addressed travelers’ anxiety

Emirates, a Dubai-based airline, will cover medical expenses and quarantine costs of up to $183k and $122 per day for 14 days respectively if travelers are diagnosed with COVID-19 (swine flu) while traveling.

In 2021, individuals who travel may be much more likely to drive their destinations.

A Booking.com survey found that 46% of travelers are afraid of catching the virus when traveling by public transportation.

Car safety was one of the biggest issues when it came to travel safety in the last quarter of 2020.

The people behind the safety barometer assess car safety, and last month, they found level 75 to be “extremely safe."

Additionally, the COVID-19 guidelines like social distancing are expected to impact what tourists do while traveling.

Be wary of not socializing with tourists - as shown by a survey from Booking.com, 70% of visitors expect at least a few moments of social isolation from those visiting the same attractions as them.

In a recent study, 63% of tourists said they would stay away from busy attractions. Of the remaining, the majority would only visit sites during off-peak hours while some will avoid going to any crowded attraction.

Hotels respond and prepare due to the pandemic.

In a Skift and Oracle Hospitality survey, three factors that make travelers more comfortable staying in a hotel were revealed. They are contactless payments, digital room keys, and digital messaging services.

Hotels Respond and prepare due to the Pandemic
Hotels Respond and prepare due to the Pandemic

As travelers move in and out of rooms, hotels are faced with the extensive task of cleaning and sanitizing.

The Hyatt Regency Grand Reserve in Puerto Rico has improved their cleaning routine. They're completing three hours of ionization in addition to their normal cleaning routine, to get rid of mold and other hazardous materials.

According to The New York Times, Pearl Hospitality is bringing in Germ-Zapping Robots to clean their hotel rooms located near the Texas Medical Centre complex in Houston.

3. Travellers Go It Alone

In July 2020, a survey of people revealed that 30% planned to travel on their own.

Additionally, another source reports 25% of millennial Americans to expect to travel on their own each year.

Of those solo travelers, 42% of them were not traveling due to the pandemic.

Intrepid Travel is a company that focuses on “small-group traveling”. It offers its customers 75,000 yearly travel plans. f

More than 50% of the travel agents’ customers are booking trips for themselves

Overseas Adventure Travel, another small-group travel company, has seen such a boom in solo travel that they’ve upped the number of single spaces they have available in 2021. The move was made to accommodate this increasing demand for solo travelers.

Social media is in demand in the solo traveler's community too.

Social media is in demand in the solo traveler's community too.
Social media is in demand in the solo traveler's community too.

4. Travelers Crave Local Experiences

The \\\"experience economy\\\" finds big success in the travel industry

But will fewer people settle for commonplace vacation activities in the coming years?

Rather, "consumers will pursue authentic experiences distancing themselves from mainstream tourism providers and venturing into pastimes that feel more meaningful.”

AirSage notes that people are more interested in special vacations, rather than more conventional travel experiences.

Visualizing Airbnb's Investment in this Trend

The website where you can buy experiences

They have also been adding online experiences in 2020, for people who want to connect with locals without the need to leave the home.

Ten companies are banking their entire business model on this trend.

Withlocals provides travelers the opportunity to book tours and activities with locals around the world.

Camping and glamping trips have turned into a popular way for people to travel while exploring local culture and staying safe amid the pandemic.

Is Outdoorsy the "Airbnb" of RV Rentals?

They surpassed a billion USD in 2020, 400% growth from 2019

Is Outdoorsy the "Airbnb" of RV Rentals?
Is Outdoorsy the "Airbnb" of RV Rentals?

Under Canvas brings you to the magic of glamping and to unique spaces in the wilderness for a stay highlighted by local exploration and human connections.

The company reported a “surge in demand in 2020 and already has ‘strong’ advanced bookings for 2021.”